Bowel Cancer rollout Wairarapa

Friday, May 27, 2016

Wairarapa residents to be first in line for bowel cancer screening

Alastair Scott is pleased to announce the Wairarapa has been chosen as one of the first regions in the roll out of the national bowel screening programme.

In yesterday’s budget Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman announced $39.3 million over four years for a progressive roll-out of cancer detection programmes, starting with the Wairarapa and Hutt Valley DHBs.

“This announcement is fantastic for Wairarapa and will save lives” says Alastair Scott.

“Early detection of cancer results in better outcomes when people can be more easily treated. This programme is expected to screen over 700,000 people every two years.

Bowel cancer is diagnosed in 3,000 New Zealanders each year. It is a huge problem which the Government is finding solutions for. This programme will result in better prognosis for those people who are effected.

This funding follows additional funding to enable the IT support, as well as $15 million in investment since 2013 to deliver more colonoscopies and reduce waiting times across the country.

The national bowel screening programme starts in the Wairarapa and Hutt Valley DHBs and will be followed by a progressive roll-out across the country.

I am pleased that the Wairarapa has been selected as one of the first DHBs for this programme. I believe it will save lives and give residents piece of mind in being tested regularly” says Alastair Scott